The Shadow Network
NWoD Relics: INTERVENTION NOTICE (•)
Melanie Miles was a wreck. She had spent the last three years after failing out of college losing herself to drugs and alcohol. One by one her friends and family gave her up as lost and soon to be dead, until only her little brother remained trying to support her.
He desperately tried to support and help her, but it never had any effect, and he could never muster the courage to confront her. One night, while searching the roughest parts of town for Melanie, who had gone missing again, he was mugged and killed. On his body was found the Intervention Notice, which she kept on her person from then on, swearing that she would remake her life in honor of her brother.
Miraculously, it worked, and the Intervention Notice has passed into urban legend; appearing in the mailboxes of the friends and families of those struggling with addiction.
A rumpled sheet of standard printer paper, folded in half. On the outside cover are the words “YOU ARE LOVED” in an obnoxiously bold font. Inside, apparently written on a type-writer is a form detailing the senders concerns and repeatedly expressing their appreciation for the recipient, with convenient blanks left for the customization of the information. The first line reads " Dear ________, We are concerned about your _______ habit and would like to talk about it."
The blanks bear the marks of being erased many times over the years, though the paper seems undamaged by it. Marks on the page vanish imperfectly when the Notice comes to a new owner.
The notice must be given by someone to another, who receives the benefits of its effects. Giving the Intervention Notice to someone requires one Willpower dot to activate. Once received, the recipient becomes immune to the effects of drugs, including alcohol and tobacco for so long as they possess the Notice. The notice does not protect against withdrawal symptoms however, and recipients must suffer through them, with no ability to satisfy their cravings. Furthermore, the recipient suffers a -4 penalty from nausea for a scene any time they attempt to partake of their addictions.
When the Notice is eventually passed on, or the recipient manages to destroy it, they lose its protection immediately. They do not reacquire any old addictions, assuming they had already recovered from them, but are free to acquire new ones. However, severe addiction withdrawal almost always triggers a Breaking Point, and failure on this check is an automatic Dramatic Failure that inflicts the recipient with Avoidance as a persistent Condition with respect to their addictions.
Getting rid of the Intervention Notice requires a successful Resolve + Composure and an expenditure of 1 Willpower point, as the recipient desires to keep it as a reminder of her solidarity. Even if this roll succeeds, the Notice finds its way back to the recipient in some plausible way within a day. Attempting to destroy the notice requires the above Resolve + Composure check, with a -5 penalty, and the loss of a dot of Willpower. Success causes the apparent destruction of the Notice, but it always appears again for some new recipient.
Assuming the recipient does not manage to rid themselves of the notice, it remains for one year before user is compelled to pass it along to another – either an addict that they wish to receive it, or someone that will use it for its intended purpose. Attempting to resist this compulsion and keep the notice requires a successful Resolve + Composure at a -5 penalty. If successful, a new check must be made each year, on the anniversary of its receipt.
Note: The Intervention Notice is not actually specific when it comes to addictive substances. Instead it grants an overarching immunity to drugs, toxins, and poisons. This has the unfortunate side-effect of also making the recipient immune to much of modern medicine.
While it is rare for recipients to realize this, few take advantage of the protection to guzzle antifreeze, as the -4 penalty from nausea applies in these instances as well.